5 South got a little taste of the 101 North in the 2nd Annual Best in the West dropknee invitational. It wasn’t an easy road to victory for the boys from Pismo though. After being thrown into the loser’s bracket in the double elimination formatted event, the Rookies had to snap, carve, and float their way through all three of the remaining three-member teams which was reminiscent of their fate in the previous year’s event. Luckily they only needed that first initial heat to brush off the minimal sleep, long drive, green haze, and Steinlager stench that had consumed their past 24 hours.
Willie pulled his weight with some quick-hit combos in Round 1, but Brett and Cale fell victim to the long lulls that plagued the early heats of the event. Losing to Grodzen’s team and facing elimination they were pitted against Team DBK in Round 2. With Pelton, Sani, and O’side’s Kurt these guys had some serious talent and homefield advantage. Roldan came out swinging after a frustrating first heat and shelved the combo routine for some serious lip bashes. With Willie and Cale gaining confidence and linking some quality tricks all the way to the inside, the Rookies were on their way back to a much anticipated rematch with Team Grodzen who had lost to Team Long/Hamilton/Gero in the winner’s bracket.
Grodzen was on a mission on this day and was not to be ousted after his fiery message board claims a few days prior and the finals now on the line. Both teams scrapped it out with lulls again being problematic. Joe actually got the best waves of the round but it was the consistent team effort of the Rookies led by Cale that allowed the Pismo kids to meet up with Team Long/Hamilton/Gero in the finale. This time it was old-timer Henry Long who would dominate the round but it wouldn’t matter as the three-headed monster of Roldan/Moore/Richerson had been gaining momentum throughout the event and would not be stopped after coming this far with their backs to the wall. Mechanically taking apart the Pismo-ish O’side peaks, Long’s high scoring heat of the contest was narrowly edged out by the Rookies as they claimed the victory for the second year in a row.
1st Round blast by Roldolph. He careened this one around into a stylie reverse. Click here for larger version.
Joe Grodzen floating. He surfed surprisingly well but was fuming after a narrow loss in Round 3, pulling the e-brake in the competitor’s area while raising a middle finger to all from his tripped out Scion before hightailing the fuck outta there. OK maybe we made up that last part.
Wally Sani and the DBK team gave us all we could handle in Round 2. Click here for larger version.
Willie inside a rare toob. You just know he’s throwing double mini-shakas from within. Click here for larger version.
Brett came alive in Round 2, unveiling his lip-trick arsenal. Click here for larger version.
Moments later here’s Roldan with another Steinlager-powered blast that turned out to be one of the maneuvers of the contest. Click here for larger version.
Roldan put the nail in the coffin with this buttery LGF in the final. Take notes kiddies. Click here for larger version.